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Spotlight on Will Richard

11 October 2017

This week the spotlight is on Will Richard, Visitor Services Assistant at the Grant Museum of Zoology and Bloomsbury Festival Coordinator.

Will Richard

What is your role and what does it involve?

I am the Bloomsbury Festival Coordinator, supporting the UCL Culture team to deliver UCL's festival programme 'Being Independent: the science and art of living well'. We have put together some incredible events and exhibitions developed by colleagues from across the University as well as art, dance, music and theatre performances. The Bloomsbury Festival runs from 18-22 October, and the UCL Main Quad is the hub of activities from 11am-5pm on Saturday 21st. It's free and open to everyone, so please come!

How long have you been at UCL and what was your previous role?

I currently have two jobs at UCL. I actually started as part of the team behind the Grant Museum of Zoology in 2014, where I engage the 33,000 members of the public that visit every year. Before that I worked in public engagement for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and as a mammal keeper at London Zoo.

What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?

I'm going to go back to the zoo for this, where I was part of a team that successfully bred the endangered Malayan tapir. These animals are notoriously difficult and slow to breed and the calf was, at the time, only the 57th in captivity in the world.    

Tell us about a project you are working on now which is top of your to-do list?

The Bloomsbury Festival starts next week…

What is your favourite album, film and novel?

Sergeant Pepper, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Hound of the Baskervilles.

What is your favourite joke (pre-watershed)?

Two cats are in a swimming race: an English cat called "one two three" and a French cat called "un deux trois".

Which cat won?

"One two three", because "un deux trois" cat sank.

Who would be your dream dinner guests?

David Attenborough. On his own, because I don't want anyone else there interrupting my questions.

What advice would you give your younger self?

The pony tail does not suit you…

What would it surprise people to know about you?

I nac klat sdrawkcab!

What is your favourite place?